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(Jezebel)   NBC won't livestream the Opening Ceremonies at Sochi next month, instead will edit it into one package that will "maximize the viewing experience." Translated: "USA. USA. USA"   (jezebel.com) divider line 167
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2014-01-08 02:50:33 PM  

cgraves67: Somebody really needs to get the Olympics away from NBC.


I hope Dick Ebersol sucks cocks in hell.  And Bob Costas can watch while giving overly senitmental details of his life story while wearing an ugly sweater.
 
2014-01-08 02:50:52 PM  
As long as they dedicate one of their channels to showing curling 18 hours per day and another to hockey, I'm all set.
 
2014-01-08 02:51:38 PM  

llortcM_yllort: As Nabb1 pointed out, this happens because the public would rather watch the Olympics as a reality show than as a sporting event.


And he has a point: The truth is most of the events in the Olympics are not a vital component of the American sports diet, so it's like they have to educate and inform about not just the contests, but the participants, in addition to providing insightful analysis. You don't necessarily have to do that about most of the other big sports.

On the other hand, for some reason this isn't a problem for Canadians. We like sports, and we watch everything, even if no Canadians are in it.
 
2014-01-08 02:53:31 PM  
Gotta make sure the false flag terroist attack matches "offical narrative".
 
2014-01-08 03:00:13 PM  
So does that mean Animal Practice is premiering again after the pre-packaged ceremony?
 
2014-01-08 03:00:49 PM  

BizarreMan: DamnYankees: BizarreMan: Stream or not, live or not.  Can somebody just kill the microphones to the color commentators during the opening ceremonies?  I'd like to actually be able to listen to the event while watching it.

Oh come on! The London commentary was so insightful!

Speaking of London, if you're going to tease a particular performer, don't tease it for hours during one block of coverage, break away for some show about a chimp who is a doctor? followed by the local news and and then come back in the late night coverage and show the performance.



Thnak you, I couldn't remember the premise for that horrible farking show the hyped for two weeks that barely lasted two episodes.

I wonder what awful steaming shiat pile will be hyped to death this time?
 
2014-01-08 03:01:28 PM  
Oh, goody! I hope they again edit out all the nations nobody cares about during the march of nations. It not only speeds things up, it gives more time for advertisers!
 
2014-01-08 03:02:04 PM  

cirby: The other problem is that most people - yes, even the ones who supposedly love particular events aren't that interested in the events where the two lowest-ranked skiers face off for who comes in last. Unless one of them is really interesting in some other way. Face it: to most people (yes, even the most rabid sports fans, and even the fans of those particular sports), most unedited sporting events are dead-flat boring to watch.


I think the Olympics is of more interest to Europeans because of all the cultural proximity over there. You can drive through 14 countries and 10 different languages on one tank of gas. So when the Olympics comes around, there's a real nationalistic sentiment: Slovenia vs Slovakia or Austria vs. Switzerland. The nordic countries are fiercely competitive as are the former Soviet states. That fan rivalry generates a lot of interest.

You don't have that in America. There is no bordering culture for someone in Nebraska to care about. But you do have a close equivalent in your college football/basketball rivalries. A hockey game between Sweden and Finland is like the Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama: Very territorial, fiercely contested, and to the winner goes bragging rights. When America wins gold in skiing, that's fine, but there are no Austrians around to rub their faces in it. On the other hand, you never know when you might meet a Sooners alumni, and that's when you gotta bring the pain!!

Hence the reason for decreasing interest in the Olympics for Americans.
 
2014-01-08 03:02:37 PM  
Eh, the winter olympics are only good for pervertedly leering at underage figure skaters
 
2014-01-08 03:02:58 PM  
Translation:  MOAR SHAUN WHITE!!!  MOAR LINDSEY VONN!!!  MOAR MICHAEL PHELPS!!!

/some Sydney Crosby
 
2014-01-08 03:03:54 PM  

DanZero: So does that mean Animal Practice is premiering again after the pre-packaged ceremony?


This time they are showing the Director's Cut with audio commentary.
 
2014-01-08 03:04:25 PM  

uncleacid: Will Putin be parachuting in like the Queen.


Freddy mercury lives?
 
2014-01-08 03:04:51 PM  

cgraves67: Somebody really needs to get the Olympics away from NBC.


ESPN
 
2014-01-08 03:05:17 PM  

Slaves2Darkness: Is there any reason to watch the Olympics?


Occasionally someone's boob falls out of her uniform/costume. Some of the females are hot.

Otherwise, nope
 
2014-01-08 03:06:31 PM  

SomeoneDumb: Oh, goody! I hope they again edit out all the nations nobody cares about during the march of nations. It not only speeds things up, it gives more time for advertisers!


This is the Winter Olympics.  Already been done.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-08 03:08:15 PM  

Gosling: mechgreg: cgraves67: Somebody really needs to get the Olympics away from NBC.

It cost NBC $775 million just for Sochi which was part of a bigger 4.38 billion dollar deal for the rights from 2014-2020. Who else has that kind of cash or than another major network? Does anyone thing that the olympics on ABC (with support from ESPN) would be any better? Especially keep in mind that generally when you compare the cost of getting the rights to the advertising dollars you make, the Olympics are usually a money loser (I think Lonon might have been the first time in a long while that NBC made money).

FOX, I'd imagine. They've already wrested the World Cup out of ESPN's hands; they may well make a play for the Olympics before too much longer.


Yes please let it be FOX, if it's one thing the Olympics need it's dancing robots!!
 
2014-01-08 03:08:29 PM  
Can't I just livestream it via the BBC or Al Jazeera?
 
2014-01-08 03:14:43 PM  
It was ABC that started all that up close and personal crap. Just show the games.
 
2014-01-08 03:15:47 PM  

star_topology: I'm still pissed that NBC cut out the segment remembering the victims of London's 2012 terrorist attacks.


I'm pissed they cut Ray Davies.
 
2014-01-08 03:16:40 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: As long as they dedicate one of their channels to showing curling 18 hours per day and another to hockey, I'm all set.


So you want the CBC, then.
 
2014-01-08 03:16:47 PM  

under a mountain: Yes please let it be FOX, if it's one thing the Olympics need it's dancing robots!!


And Joe Buck.
 
2014-01-08 03:19:26 PM  

Five Tails of Fury: Yanks_RSJ: As long as they dedicate one of their channels to showing curling 18 hours per day and another to hockey, I'm all set.

So you want the CBC, then.


That would be fine, but I'm not one of those people who claim to like sports but won't pay for cable, so I'll be fine with NBCSN, USA, MSNBC, CNBC or any of the other channels available to me.
 
2014-01-08 03:21:48 PM  
Don't worry, I'll just watch a live stream somewhere else. Hey NBC, its 2014. The internet exists you jackasses.
 
2014-01-08 03:28:00 PM  

Slaves2Darkness: Is there any reason to watch the Olympics?


The hockey tourney...that's pretty much it for me.
 
2014-01-08 03:30:23 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: Five Tails of Fury: Yanks_RSJ: As long as they dedicate one of their channels to showing curling 18 hours per day and another to hockey, I'm all set.

So you want the CBC, then.

That would be fine, but I'm not one of those people who claim to like sports but won't pay for cable, so I'll be fine with NBCSN, USA, MSNBC, CNBC or any of the other channels available to me.


Yeah I'll happily watch the CBC's coverage instead, specifically for hockey.
 
2014-01-08 03:32:15 PM  
I think I'm in vast minority of people, but I greatly prefer the Winter Olympics to the Summer.  I am actually interested in the majority of the sports and love watching them.  I'd rather watch short track speed skating than some random swimming event or ski jump over the long jump.

/YMMV
 
2014-01-08 03:35:13 PM  
And let's just say that Fox ends up getting the rights to the Olympics in the future. You know if that happened, one of their first moves would be to try and hire Ebersol in a consulting role at the least.

Like it or not, Ebersol's Olympic shows have brought a ton of eyeballs to NBC.
 
2014-01-08 03:38:39 PM  

Go Fast Turn Left: NBC is awful. Just, awful.

That said, if they live-stream all of the events like they did in 2012, I won't spend the whole two weeks biatching like I did in 2010.


They confirmed almost immediately after London that they'd live stream all the sports again for Sochi. And frankly, not live streaming the opening ceremonies isn't the worst thing ever. I've seen the world feed with commentary from the Olympics own TV production for London's opening ceremonies and it was dismal. At least NBC's people shut up once in a while. Here's the proof. Just watch it for 5 minutes or so.

Anyway, there's always the BBC via ExpatShield.
 
2014-01-08 03:39:01 PM  
Also, one other note. I love how the American networks are completely ignoring the fact that young Americans like me don't often have a tv or at the very least are less likely to sit down and watch something in a traditional manner. I still watch tv, I just don't sit down as specific times to watch this or that. My time is more precious to me than that. The networks can only milk the old farts for so long.
 
2014-01-08 03:41:21 PM  

12349876: SomeoneDumb: Oh, goody! I hope they again edit out all the nations nobody cares about during the march of nations. It not only speeds things up, it gives more time for advertisers!

This is the Winter Olympics.  Already been done.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 600x263]


Hold on a sec. Libya has a Winter Olympic team???
 
2014-01-08 03:44:12 PM  

bbfreak: My time is more precious to me than that.


Aw, that's nice.
 
2014-01-08 03:46:58 PM  
 
2014-01-08 03:47:16 PM  

desertgeek: They confirmed almost immediately after London that they'd live stream all the sports again for Sochi. And frankly, not live streaming the opening ceremonies isn't the worst thing ever. I've seen the world feed with commentary from the Olympics own TV production for London's opening ceremonies and it was dismal. At least NBC's people shut up once in a while. Here's the proof. Just watch it for 5 minutes or so.


With a live event, any live event, you are either there with everyone else or you're not. By the time NBC gets around to airing it, Twitter and Facebook will have long since lit up with the highlights, telling much of the nonlive audience what to be looking for when NBC airs it later on.
 
2014-01-08 03:47:40 PM  

Fisty Bum: I think I'm in vast minority of people, but I greatly prefer the Winter Olympics to the Summer.  I am actually interested in the majority of the sports and love watching them.  I'd rather watch short track speed skating than some random swimming event or ski jump over the long jump.

/YMMV


Fencing's a summer sport though, right? I seem to recall, either last olympics or the one before it, there was a female sabreist who was basically the God of Distance. She had that down *perfect*.
 
2014-01-08 03:53:31 PM  

Rwa2play: Yanks_RSJ: Five Tails of Fury: Yanks_RSJ: As long as they dedicate one of their channels to showing curling 18 hours per day and another to hockey, I'm all set.

So you want the CBC, then.

That would be fine, but I'm not one of those people who claim to like sports but won't pay for cable, so I'll be fine with NBCSN, USA, MSNBC, CNBC or any of the other channels available to me.

Yeah I'll happily watch the CBC's coverage instead, specifically for hockey.


NBC's network prime time coverage is terrible and practically unwatchable.

NBC's "subnetwork" coverage (CNBC, MSNBC, NBCSN, etc.) actually isn't bad at all. Mostly actual sports coverage with very little BS.
 
2014-01-08 03:53:37 PM  

Trocadero: Hold on a sec. Libya has a Winter Olympic team???


I'm unable to confirm that on the official site(s), although the Sochi official one doesn't seem to be fully updated. Athlete delegation rosters aren't finalized for about another month, which might have something to do with it.

For access to foreign Olympic streaming coverage, I've used FoxyProxy for both Vancouver and London and found it tremendously useful. It's not free, but the price is pretty reasonable for a 2-week event and the proxies are hella reliable.
 
2014-01-08 03:56:16 PM  

Inchoate: Trocadero: Hold on a sec. Libya has a Winter Olympic team???

I'm unable to confirm that on the official site(s), although the Sochi official one doesn't seem to be fully updated. Athlete delegation rosters aren't finalized for about another month, which might have something to do with it.

For access to foreign Olympic streaming coverage, I've used FoxyProxy for both Vancouver and London and found it tremendously useful. It's not free, but the price is pretty reasonable for a 2-week event and the proxies are hella reliable.


I use PureVPN for most of what I do with FIBT YouTube streams being blocked in the USA during bobsled & skeleton season. $10/month but it's well worth it if you have a lot of "gettin' around stuff" you need to do.
 
2014-01-08 03:57:01 PM  

Tax Boy: Rwa2play: Yanks_RSJ: Five Tails of Fury: Yanks_RSJ: As long as they dedicate one of their channels to showing curling 18 hours per day and another to hockey, I'm all set.

So you want the CBC, then.

That would be fine, but I'm not one of those people who claim to like sports but won't pay for cable, so I'll be fine with NBCSN, USA, MSNBC, CNBC or any of the other channels available to me.

Yeah I'll happily watch the CBC's coverage instead, specifically for hockey.

NBC's network prime time coverage is terrible and practically unwatchable.

NBC's "subnetwork" coverage (CNBC, MSNBC, NBCSN, etc.) actually isn't bad at all. Mostly actual sports coverage with very little BS.


NBCSN is a diamond in the rough. If only they'd get some NBA rights, we could have the greatest sports theme song OF ALL TIME back.
http://youtu.be/V_h7Lm7C9Nk
 
2014-01-08 03:57:35 PM  

Felgraf: Fencing's a summer sport though, right?


If they combined fencing and skiing, THAT would be worth watching.
 
2014-01-08 04:01:53 PM  
This is why i turn to the CBC for Winter Olympics coverage, especially hockey.

And being a life-long Rangers fan, which is an exercise in futility, we are REALLY well set up this year for olympics. I think 8 or 10 are going to represent their nations. Off the top of my head I know Hank and one other for Sweden, Cally and a few others for the US, Nash for Canada,Even the Hobbit is going to represent Norway. It's going to be a fun tournament.
 
2014-01-08 04:03:31 PM  

Millennium: More likely, I think, is that they're terrified of groups staging protest actions that NBC might be sued for, were it to broadcast them. By editing the opening ceremonies, they can cut any such incidents out, and even if none happen, they can still snip out parts to put commercials in instead.


I was thinking something similar. In case "Something happens" they may not want to broadcast it live. And what with this being in Russia and the very real threats of terrorism being made by various groups against them (and they have already started) it makes some sense to hold off on the live broadcast for the opening and closing ceremonies anyway. Besides, the Summer Olympics are usually the ones with the over the top opening ceremonies. The Winter Olympics tend to be a lot more toned down in that regard. Probably because the audience is freezing their asses off as it is. This one may be a bit different though because Sochi is not all that cold of a location in comparison to the previous venues.
 
2014-01-08 04:07:20 PM  

sovietski: Obscure Login: BizarreMan: Stream or not, live or not.  Can somebody just kill the microphones to the color commentators during the opening ceremonies?  I'd like to actually be able to listen to the event while watching it.

But, but, how will I know what I'm looking at?!?

I need a peppy talking head to let me know that the people wearing athletic clothing and holding the Canadian flags are the athletes from Canada.

Oh God, this.

Admittedly, I don't know every country's flag, but isn't that what the announcer at the opening ceremony is for? To...announce wtf is going on? Having network talking heads during the OC is redundant.

I have found that hitting the "mute" button relieves about 80% of my aggravation at TV sports.


During the Summer Olympics, my center-channel speaker stopped working, and it turned out all dialog was in the center channel, but the crowd and field sounds were still on left-right! So awesome. Doesn't work on all sports all the time, but try it out.
 
2014-01-08 04:15:19 PM  

saintstryfe: And being a life-long Rangers fan, which is an exercise in futility, we are REALLY well set up this year for olympics. I think 8 or 10 are going to represent their nations. Off the top of my head I know Hank and one other for Sweden, Cally and a few others for the US, Nash for Canada,Even the Hobbit is going to represent Norway. It's going to be a fun tournament.


USA: Stepan, Callahan, McDonagh
Canada: Nash
Sweden: Henrik, Hagelin
Norway: Zuccarello

What's amazing is that they have 7 Olympians and are the definition of mediocre.
 
2014-01-08 04:16:23 PM  

ds_4815: Would much rather watch the Irish commentators.


Spiffy. I thought the IOC had forced that to be pulled.

The wife and I do not watch sports - except for the Olympics. Then it's all Olympics all the time. The streaming of 2012 was great. But I may break down and find a live feed of the opening ceremonies.

- Jasen.
 
2014-01-08 04:16:28 PM  

Go Fast Turn Left: NBC is awful. Just, awful.

That said, if they live-stream all of the events like they did in 2012, I won't spend the whole two weeks biatching like I did in 2010.


Amen.

If I had any other option, Telemundo, Al Jazerra, One-Eyed-Jethro's Olympic Showcase & Better Cooking with Meth cable access show, whatever, I'd take it.
 
2014-01-08 04:16:59 PM  
The commentary on the live broadcast of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics was appalling.

Every country that came in, the commentators were basically only sort of asking if they were terrorists or not or if we were going to be in war with them soon or not.

They had done zero homework, didn't know a single athlete from any of the countries and what sports different countries were expect to medal in

Doing a live broadcast is a bad idea. Better edited and reviewed.
 
2014-01-08 04:17:48 PM  

doubled99: What a bummer. Now all the thrill of watching the entire opening ceremony is ruined. i guess I'll have to watch the entire Rose Parade I have taped again.


Good God, don't even threaten such a thing.

/one of the worst broadcasts ever
//Can we just ban the Scott brothers from doing ANYTHING other than their shows, so we know what to avoid
 
2014-01-08 04:19:43 PM  

star_topology: I'm still pissed that NBC cut out the segment remembering the victims of London's 2012 terrorist attacks.


That's what will happen here.  NBC won't allow anything to be shown that doesn't portray Russia as a bunch of raving homophobes.

Sadly, the olympics used to be about athletes coming together and ignoring political differences for the purpose of competition.  It was a time to put all that BS aside and celebrate what we had in common with the hope that looking at ourselves in that manner would be a building block toward change for the betterment of humanity.
 
2014-01-08 04:20:01 PM  

mr0x: They had done zero homework, didn't know a single athlete from any of the countries and what sports different countries were expect to medal in


Let's all remember that you're asking them to basically have a job where they know a few sports most of the year, then every four years they have to pretend they know about tens of thousands of athletes from all over the world, most of which aren't going to win anything and will never be remembered by anyone but their families...and that information is useful for all of a span of one day to two weeks. Because after the Olympics, everyone goes back to not giving a flying f*ck about any of the sports that were just so "important" to them.
 
2014-01-08 04:22:07 PM  

12349876: SomeoneDumb: Oh, goody! I hope they again edit out all the nations nobody cares about during the march of nations. It not only speeds things up, it gives more time for advertisers!

This is the Winter Olympics.  Already been done.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 600x263]


Saddest map I've seen today.
 
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